Lee "Scratch" Perry

Africa's Blood

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One of the first "albums" released by the Upsetter, this is a good peek into what was happening at the time on the mighty isle of Jamaica. Ska was still in the grips of American R&B, and that influence runs rampant here. But, as always, the personality of Perry shines through and gives each track that Upsetter twist that keeps this stuff from being relegated to footnote status. A perfect example of this is the cover of "My Girl" here. Sure, it's the same song, but it also bears the unmistakable stamp of Perry, turning a cover of a song you've heard too often into a foot-tapping good time. Heartily recommended.

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